I am starting to think the last forum I setup was a mistake in more ways then one. I offered to take it over after it had been hacked a couple of months back, not realizing that one of the moderators had setup his own forum in the meantime and had used the Private messaging system to broadcast the fact that the site was hacked and that everyone should move to the new forum…his forum. So after spending a couple weeks recovering the forum, converting it from phpbbs to Vbulletin, and customizing the skin, it is basically a ghost forum and worst yet, I have lost interest in maintaining it. While I am currently into the forum for less then $400.00, the good news is that I can use the licenses I purchased to start a different forum or sell them if I shut it down. The only really loss will be the time I spent in getting the site back online. A major cost, but one I am prepared to live with at this point rather then put more time into the project. Time I could better spent on other projects.
A year has passed since I started this blog, and I am quickly losing the desire to do something constructive with my life. I keep thinking to myself that I only have 18 more years till I can retire. Which is three years earlier then I had originally though, due to the fact that I was able to buy 3 years of optional service, but even with purchasing the additional years of service, It is still 18 more years. It has been just over a year and I am no closer to escaping from my cubicle then I was when I started, and worse yet, I am becoming complacent. At least that is how I feel.
I currently run a couple e-commerce, directories and forum websites. While the e-commerce sites and directories are running in the black, the forums are a long way off. Of course I knew that going in. I figured it would take at least a year or two to build them up to where I could monetize them. I look at them as my pet projects, but they are taking way too much time for pet projects and I am starting to wonder why I currently run more then one.
Over the last couple of months, I have started this post at least a dozen times, but for one reason or another I ended up just deleting it rather then posting it. Looking back now, I now realize why. I was trying to come up with posts that other would find interesting or useful and without any suggestions, I found it a daunting task. So rather then post for others, I plan on posting to document my progress for myself. So if some of the posts do not seem to make sense that would be why. If you have any questions, just ask. I will be more then happy to explain what I was talking about.
Well it has been a while since I have posted for a couple of reasons. Mostly due to my lack of time, and the misconception that I need to write lengthy articles and yes, three paragraphs is lengthy to me. 🙂 So in order to post a little more often I plan on broadening the scope of my blog to include a combination of both long and short posts on creating “multiple streams of income” on the Internet as well as additional topics.
Back in May, I talked about my goals for “becoming an internet entrepreneur “. What I did not touch on was my goals for my blog, partly due to the fact that I did not have any goals for my blog. Do I need to have goals for my blog? After all it was created as a way to help other learn how to create multiple streams of income using the internet, and to document my own progress in my achieving my goal of freeing myself from my cubicle.
Not having a goal for my blog has not really been a problem, but after reading thru a post on the Problogger website, I have decided that I should come up with a couple goals for the site. Incase you have never heard of Problogger , it is a blog devoted to making money online with your blog. It also has suggestion on how to increase your readership as well as tons of helpful hints on blog layout and monetizing your blog. Defianetly worth reading if your have your own blog and are trying to figure out ways to monetize it.
There are really only two goals I would like to set out of myself for the next six months and as luck would have it they are both very closely related. First, I would like to increase the frequency with which I post new material, and second, I would like to increase readership. In 6 months I should hopefully have achieved my goals and will be able to set new ones for 2007. In the meantime if you have any topics that you think could or should be discussed, please let me know and I will do my best to cover them.
In order to achieve my goal of becoming an internet entrepreneur, I have to have a plan. So what is my plan? I’ll tell you. I plan to develop all the domains I have been sitting on over the last year or so. One domain at a time! My focus for the last couple of months has been on acquiring domains to monetize them to pay for my growing collection, and while I will continue to purchase domains for domaining I would like to shift my focus to building sites that people will find useful. I will make an attempt to build at least one simple site a month or a complex site every two month. A simple site will be anything from a niche site, blog, or directory, but not a one page site. The complex sites will be a forums or ecommerce sites. While some internet entrepreneur might be able to accomplish my goal in a couple of months if not weeks, I would like to allow for time for the websites I currently operate, as well as my full-time job. I will hopefully be able to write about the progress of each site while it is in development, as well as once it is launched. So check back often.
In my first post, I talked about wanting to “escape from my cubicle; escape from the 9 to 5”. Which is all good, but some people just do not “get it”. Maybe I am being too figurative. The ones who get it usually share in my desire, where as the ones who don’t say things like “you want to be a bum the rest of your life?”, “Man I would love to have your cushy job”. I never said I wanted to be a bum, and if they really want my job, they can have it.
It is not their fault; most of us were brought up believing that we had to get good grades so we could go to university. That way we could get the “good jobs”. If we got a good job, we would get a decent pay, maybe with benefits or even a pension. After toiling away for 40 or so years, we could retire and enjoy life. Lets see what am I missing, oh yah, the wife, 2.5 kids, and the house with the white picket fence. But I ask you why?
I do not have a problem with people going to school or getting good grades. The part I have a problem with is the “job” part. In this day and age I think that there should be more to life then finding a decent job and working for someone else the rest of my life. I am not against work, but I would rather see the fruit of my labour then make someone else rich. The only problem with that is that I do not want a “job”. I want to be an entrepreneur, or more specifically an internet entrepreneur.
Entrepreneur is a loanword from the French language that refers to a person who undertakes and operates a new enterprise or venture, and assumes some accountability for the inherent risks.
… someone who establishes a new entity to offer a new or existing product or service into a new or existing market, whether for a profit or not-for-profit outcome. Business entrepreneurs often have strong beliefs about a market opportunity and are willing to accept a high level of personal, professional or financial risk to pursue that opportunity. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entrepreneur
To blog or not to blog, that is the question. Sorry, I could not resist. It is a question I have asked myself since I first started thinking about creating a blog, and a few times since. I have watched from the sidelines for the last couple of years as blogging grew up so to speak. It started out as geeky thing only computer nerds did to become main stream. Today there are blogs on almost every topic on the web.
My personal reason for blogging is probably not that much different from a lot of other bloggers. I wanted a place to speak out about different topics and ideas I have, and to add my experiences to that of others. After all, the lessons I have learned have been hard fought, but I have not learned them in a vacuum. I hope that by writing about my experience and ideas, that it will inspire others. Hopefully I can help others to avoid the mistakes I have made along the way and boy have I made my share of mistakes.
So why would I want to help others by helping them avoid the mistakes I made. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that I am able to write about my experiences because I have learned from others. The knowledge I have about buying domains, Adsense, building my ecommerce and forum sites came from reading thru websites and posts on forums. Not to mention trial and error. So I will continue to blog, and I hope you will continue to read. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave me a comment or two from time to time.
Welcome to Cubicle Hell Dot Com, and so starts a new blog. As some of you have noticed, I have not moved over all the content of the old site, and most of it will more then likely not follow. While I was happy with the .ca domain, I could not pass up the chance to own the .com domain. There has been a very active thread over at DNforum.com about the Canadian domain market, but I still do not believe that it is ready for prime time, but that is a personal belief. That does not mean that I am not buying .ca domains, since once .ca hits it big it will already be too late to by the generic domains.
Well I guess I should stop looking for an open window, since in the last two years I have not been able to find one. The building I work in has 31 floors of windows, and not one that opens. You would think at least one would open. As you can probably guess I work in a cubicle. By cubicle standards it is a great cubicle. It measures eleven or twelve by nine feet, has a work and meeting area. I am even one of the lucky ones who was able to snag a bookshelf. But that is another story. Even with it being a great cubicle, it is still a cubicle and I think, no I know, it was not where I was meant to be. Which is a view that is not shared by all my colleagues. Not that I should not be here, but that they think there is nothing wrong with our lot in life, and they are probably right. Maybe with time, I will lose my desire to do something constructive with my life, but for now I am trapped. I work for a large organization that offers good wages, decent benefits, and a Defined Benefit Plans. A Defined Benefit Plans is almost unheard of nowadays, and I am able to retire in 2028 with a full pension. In 2028 I will be 58 years old, and have no idea what I will do when I retire. As you probably guess, I work for the government. Makes you wonder why I am always looking for an open window doesn’t it.
I guess I should clarify the “open window” reference, before you think I am referring to suicide. I am not. The “open window” is a metaphorical reference to my escape. Escape from my cubicle; escape from the 9 to 5 so to speak, hence the name of the domain I have chosen. I guess I am not alone since the .com and .net tld’s of the domain are taken, I decided to grab the .ca domain for my blog. It really made more sense since I am Canadian, and the blog is not going to be a commercial venture for me. I plan on using it more to outline the ideas I have, and how well I implement them in my quest to find my open window.